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I began practicing yoga in 2001. I started with DVDs since there were no yoga studios close to where I lived. When I moved to the Evansville area in 2003 I was so excited to find Yoga 101. I absolutely fell in love with not only hot yoga but also the studio itself. I began teaching in 2006. When I first started practicing hot yoga it was definitely for the "workout" aspect but over time it became something that has created more awareness in myself both in how I treat myself and how I see and relate to others. I have met so many wonderful instructors both at 101, in the community and around the country who have helped and inspired me along my journey. I feel very fortunate to be able to share my excitement and love of yoga with others.
- 200 CYT
- Baptiste Level 1 teacher certification
- Baptiste Art of Assisting certification
I discovered Hot Yoga in the summer of 2000. I fell in love with the practice instantly. No other form of exercise had ever brought to the surface so much of who I am. All of my Strengths and weaknesses were laid before me within my first few classes. Although I first began because of the physical challenge that it presented I discovered very quickly how all encompassing this practice is. I discovered myself. I reconnected with my spirit as I became more in tune with my body. In 2001, I spent 9 weeks in Los Angeles at the Bikram's Yoga College of India for my first Yoga teacher training and over the next few years I had the opportunity to to travel with my teacher Jimmy Barkan, assisting him at posture clinics and workshops. I love teaching students of all levels and get so excited witnessing other people experience the life changing transformational power of this practice!
- Bikram's Yoga College of India 500 hours 2001
- Barkan Method 200 hour hot yoga teacher training 2002
- Barkan Method level II Hot Vinyasa Flow teacher training 2003
I have tried many different forms of exercise throughout my life but when I went to my very first yoga class at Yoga 101 more than nine years ago, I was hooked. I find hot yoga to be the perfect combination of a body, mind and spiritual workout. It helps keep me in shape, keeps me calm and focused and refreshes my spirit. I feel like a better, more whole person after a great yoga class and you will too. I decided to teach at Yoga 101 because I want to help others reap the same awesome benefits of hot yoga as I do. Besides practicing yoga, the biggest joys in life are my husband and three wonderful sons!
- 200 hour CYT
My yoga practice began in 1999 with vinyasa yoga and blossomed into a regular Ashtanga practice in 2003. I credit yoga as the light that gets me through the stresses of a busy life and I greatly enjoy being able to share that light with my friends, family, and my community. I have dabbled in many areas of yoga study but found Hot Yoga in 2008 and completed my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification in December 2013. I love to practice and teach in ways that benefit a strong yoga practice that melts away tension and opens up the body to a vigorous but enriching physical practice that brings peace of mind. My favorite personal practice is vinyasa hot flow.
- 200 Hour yoga certification
I went to my first yoga class at Yoga 101 with a friend in the fall of 2003 during my senior year of high school. I liked it immediately but didn’t have the discipline to continue practicing until 5 years later when I moved home from college. I thought I needed a way to lose weight and a new hobby, but instead I found a new lifestyle and new friendships at Yoga 101. Yoga has given me strength, confidence, and happiness not only on my mat but in my everyday life. My own transformation is what inspires and creates a fire behind my teaching. I hope to inspire others to find what they need, be it peace, space, strength, or even just a good stretch. No matter what you’re looking for, yoga will teach you to live from within your true self.
- Baron Baptiste Level 1 Teacher Training
- 200 Hour RYT Certified
I began practicing hot yoga in 2001 at the urging of a friend. I was never athletic or in good shape before hot yoga, and to be honest, I hated my first class. But I kept coming back and in just a couple of weeks noticed a difference in my body and my overall well-being. I think you can say I’m a lifer! I started teaching in 2003. Yoga has made such a profound change in my life -- I feel like I have to share it with others.
- 200 hour certification through Yoga Alliance in 2006
- Barkan Level 2 certification in 2013
- Baptiste Art of Assisting training in 2014.
I fell in love with yoga when I was pregnant in 2003. After a lifetime of being a dancer, my prenatal yoga class became the first time I felt my inner experience meant more than what any one else could see from the outside. I teach yoga from a life of study, experience, and understanding of how the body works and the knowledge, that ultimately, it is our own inner experience that determines the quality of our lives. Yoga is a means to condition, not only the physical, but also mindfulness and heartfulness to live a life that is by choice; responsive, responsible, and intentional. I am in the final year of getting my Master’s in Occupational Therapy (OT’s are the yogis of the medical world!), I teach Anatomy courses for multiple yoga teacher trainings, here are two articles that I have written and have been published by Yoga International about breath work https://yogainternational.com/article/view/how-to-reduce-tension-physical-and-emotional-with-conscious-breathing and alignment in chaturanga dandasana https://yogainternational.com/article/view/how-to-fall-in-love-with-your-chaturanga-dandasana-or-at-least-become-bette. I live in an historical home in downtown Evansville with my husband, my hilarious teenage son, and our sweet yellow lab Sissy.
- 200 hour E-RYT
- Certified Forrest Instructor
- Certified Children's Yoga Instructor
I began practicing in 2001 and instantly loved hot yoga. I have a personal training background and this seemed like a great complement to what I was already doing. I have continued to practice through the years and in between having 5 kids. Although I started practicing for a great workout, it has turned into so much more for me. Yoga is my therapy. It gives me the "me" time that helps to balance and quiet my mind. In 2014 I got my yoga teacher certification to share my love of yoga with others. In my time outside of Yoga 101 I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 5 children.
- 200 hr CYT
My interest in yoga began in 2012 when I attended my first yoga class at the University of Southern Indiana. I fell in love with the practice, but longed for something deeper. A friend of mine told me about an opportunity to become a certified group exercise instructor in the fundamentals of yoga. I completed my certification and began teaching at a local gym in 2013. I attended my first hot yoga class that summer and I was hooked! In 2014, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. Teaching yoga has become a part of who I am because of the incredible impact it has made on my life. Throughout my personal practice I have had moments of feeling powerless, yet through these humbling moments, yoga has taught me that I am stronger mentally, and physically, than my biggest struggles. Whether it be a challenging asana, or a challenge in life, yoga has given me a sense of empowerment that I long to share with others. That empowerment has helped me experience joy and gratitude in life, and I want each and every person to experience that same feeling.
- Certified group exercise instructor in the fundamentals of yoga
- Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology (Anatomy and physiology, body movement)
- Pursuing my 200 hour RYT
I began hot yoga for the first time in 2010 while in Chicago. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, I continued to delve deeper into studying the movements of the human body while continuing my vinyasa based practice. I have spent the last two years specializing in rehabilitation of special populations. Moving from Indianapolis to Evansville in 2016, I found the amazing community at Yoga 101 where I began my dream of teaching.
- 200 hour CYT
I began practicing hot yoga in 2012, and instantly fell in love. Noticing the confidence, mindfulness, and the inner peace it created in my own life, I completed my yoga teacher training in 2013, with the Evansville Yoga Center, so I could share the benefits of having a practice. At the same time, while teaching preschool, I noticed how beneficial yoga was for students, and young children. I enrolled in the Youth Yoga School, and completed my training in 2014. I enjoy connecting children and their parents to a relationship with yoga.
- Registered Children's Yoga Teacher RCYT
- 200 hour RYT
I started practicing yoga and Pilates at my home in 2001, using DVDs. It wasn't until the spring of 2003 that I tried my first "live" class, when my mom finally convinced me to join her at a Bikram hot yoga class. There, I quickly discovered my passion for yoga and specifically the anatomy of yoga practice. I was trained and certified by Jimmy Barkan in the fall of 2003 and immediately began teaching classes. Now, as a wife and busy mom of two sons, I relish any extra time I can spend practicing, studying, and sharing my continued passion for yoga and its many benefits.
- 200 hr CYT
My husband Gordy and I have two beautiful daughters: one who lives in Arizona, the other in New York. I worked as a nurse and retired a few years ago. I treated myself to a yoga class on my 50th birthday and I’ve been practicing four to five times a week ever since. I began practicing yoga to alleviate my back, shoulder and hip pain from many years of high impact exercise. I am now pain free, medication free, enjoy my family, and I feel compelled to share my positive yoga experience with others.
- 200 hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification
- Jimmy Barkan Level II training
I began practicing yoga 4 years ago. I took part in a workplace "Biggest Loser Competition" and was encouraged to incorporate hot yoga into my weight loss strategy. Through a combination of hot yoga, running, and Zumba I was able to lose over 70lbs and completely change my life. Since then, yoga has become so much more than just a workout. After having completed my 200 Hour Teacher Certification, I began teaching at Yoga 101 in August of 2013. Our studio is my home away from home and our students and instructors a part of my extended family.
- 200 hour RYT
I began practicing yoga in 2008, about a year after a close friend bought me a gift certificate for a free class. After the first class, I was hooked and started practicing 3-5 times a week. Yoga changed my life in so many ways. When I am on my mat, I am in my own little perfect world where I feel content being completely myself. All the thoughts and worries of the day disappear. Yoga is a physical and mental practice that changes your body, mind, and spirit. Although you begin to notice the physical changes immediately, the mental and spiritual changes that come with a regular yoga practice are monumental. I am a teacher with EVSC and teach yoga primarily in the summer in my off time.
- 200 hr RYT
I was introduced to hot yoga my senior year of high school and, quite frankly, was not a big fan. Over the years, I continued practicing other forms of yoga until, eventually, I decided to give hot yoga a second chance- this time with an open heart and open mind. I fell in love and have been practicing ever since! In February of 2012 I finished my hot yoga teacher training and then went on to complete the 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification in November of that same year. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share my appreciation and love for hot yoga with my students and feel privileged to take part in this transformational journey alongside fellow practitioners.
- 200 hour RYT
I took my first yoga class in the spring of 2004, and eventually came to a hot class at Yoga 101 after friends encouraged me to try it. It was a whole new experience with the heat, and I fell in love with it immediately. After 25 years of body mechanics education work, I thought I knew a lot, but my mind was only beginning to open to the possibilities of what I could find in this particular style of practice. I decided to spend several years at Yoga 101 as a student, enjoying the guidance from some of the finest teachers, before deciding to teach after seeing the need for yoga in areas that didn't have access to good, quality, experienced teachers. I opened a studio north of Evansville, and for a few years was able to help a LOT of people in so many ways! Fascinating what we can accomplish with an open mind, open heart, and patience! Before I knew it, I was sharing my love of yoga and teaching at 101 with the rest of my yoga family! I have found everything in my practice to be helpful in so many other areas of life... I was diagnosed with RA in 2016, and the hot classes are my therapy, managing pain in ways that I never imagined! If I can help just one person find some peace and relief in any struggle they might experience, then my reason for teaching is clear. SO blessed!
- 200 hour RYT
- Reiki Certified in the Usui Method
- Member of the AHHA (American Holistic Health Association)
I started my yoga journey with my first class at Yoga 101 in 2006. I arrived to the studio with a mix of excitement, fear, and intimidation but instantly felt welcome. As a "retired" competitive gymnast and cheerleader I knew that physically I would benefit from hot yoga. Not only was I blown away immediately from the physical challenges and satisfaction that came with this new experience, I was pleasantly rewarded with the added benefits of mental and emotional piece of mind. This was a phenomenon that I had only read about, never experienced. Now, with each class under my belt , I find my self in "my happy place" every time I take my first step into the hot yoga studio as a instructor or a practitioner. Still today, my favorite class is the 101 sequence, which challenges my flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, and focus.
- 200 hr CYT